July 2008

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by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2008

in Television Reviews 

Just a reminder that American audiences can catch the final episode of Doctor Who Season Four this Friday night at 8:30/7:30 on the Sci-Fi Channel.  “Journey’s End” finds the Doctor (David Tennant), Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) fighting to save the universe from the Daleks and their evil creator Davros (Julian Bleach).  The episode promises one of the Doctor’s companions will die, but to find out which one you’ll just have to watch! 

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I’m… Batman?

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2008

in Essays 

In Grant Morrison’s current storyline Batman R.I.P. the fate of Bruce Wayne is up in the air as his days of Batman are drawing to a close.  If so, what to do with the character of Batman?  DC has been teasing the possibility of Tim Drake, the current Robin, taking up the cowl as the new Batman.  Is this the best idea, or are there others more worthy to take on the mantle of the Bat?  Who should be Batman? 

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2008

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Devil’s Due Publishing, Virgin, and Image Comics.

This week includes Catwoman, Dynamo 5, Ghost Whisperer, The Man With No Name, The New Dynamix, Northlanders, Star Wars: Rebellion, Superman/Batman, Thor, and the first issues of Draonglance: Legends, newuniversal: 1959, Reign in Hell, True Believers, and Wildcats.  Being the fifth Wednesday of the month, it’s a little skimpy on graphic novels but today’s releases do include Batman: Going Sane, Captain Marvel: Secret Invasion, Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 7, Thor by Michael J. Straczynski Vol. 1, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #81

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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • IMDB: link

Rick (Brendan Fraser) and his son (Luke Ford) unearth another cursed mummy (Jet Li).  Michelle Yeoh, John Hannah, Russell Wong, Isabella Leong, and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang also star.  Mario Bello takes the place of Rachel Weisz as Evelyn.  Check out director Rob Cohen’s production blog.  The latest installment of the franchise hits theaters on Friday.

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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Swing Vote
  • IMDB: link

Kevin Costner stars in this film about a presidential election which comes down to a single deciding vote.  Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Stanley Tucci, Paula Patton, Nathan Lane, George Lopez, Judge Reinhold, and Madeline Carroll also star.  Check out the official site.  The ballots open in theaters everywhere on Friday. 

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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: In Search of a Midnight Kiss
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Wilson (Scoot McNairy) meets a woman (Sara Simmonds) looking for a midnight kiss after placing a personal ad on New Years Eve.  Brian McGuire, Kathleen Luong, and Robert Murphy also star.  Check out the official site.  The film opens exclusively in New York on Friday.

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Coming Soon to Theaters

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Max Payne
  • IMDB: link

Seeing as there was a little buzz for this one at Comic Con, I thought we’d share the trailer for Max Payne with you.  The film, based on the video game of the same name, stars Mark Wahlberg in the title role as a cop out for revenge after the murder of his family.  Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris, and Chris O’Donnell also star.  The film is set to open on October 17th.

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I Want to Believe

by Alan Rapp on July 25, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: The X-Files: I Want to Believe
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“Let’s just say that I want to believe.”

The abduction of one of their own and arrival of a psychic (Billy Connolly) on the scene leads Agent-in-Charge Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) to ask for the help of a former member of the bereau with experience in the paranormal.

Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), now a brain surgeon, is asked to bring in her former partner from the wilderness.  Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is living like a hermit cutting clippings of unexplained activity out of newspapers.  Reluctant at first, he agrees under the condition Scully comes with him.

Fans of the show should feel right at home here in terms of tone, mood, and storytelling.  Those unfamiliar with the mythology of the show should still able to follow the events, though you may miss some of the layers of the film, and specific moments added just for fans.

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Brotherly Loathe

by Ian T. McFarland on July 25, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Step Brothers
  • IMDB: link

What is supposed to be a great Summer for comedy is finally starting to live up to its potential.  Sure, we’ve been promised Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, but before we get to any of the desert we’ve had to put up with shitty vegetables like You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and Meet Dave.  But finally, the light at the end of the tunnel begins to blind us with the third movie to come out of the Will Ferrell-Adam McKay partnership, the very funny Step Brothers.

After having lived leisurely at home with their parents for all of their forty years, man-children Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly)‘s lives are crashed into each other as their single parents marry each other and begin to force the responsibilities of adulthood on the boys, er, men.

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Tube Watch

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2008

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Psych
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USA Network just keeps cranking out the summer shows.  Along with their new show In Plain Sight and new seasons of Burn Notice and Monk, Psych has returned for a third season.  In the first episode we met Shawn’s mother (Cybill Shepherd) and inside the Full Diagnosis you can check out the full episode and hear what plans the producers have for the show this season and the chances of Shawn (James Roday) and Juliet (Maggie Lawson) hooking-up.

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